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Ringing in the New: 10 British Artists to Watch in 2013

New British music for 2013. Okayafrica's list of 10 up-and-coming British artists to watch including Laura Mvula, Lulu James, Kwes, Sampha, Cold Specks and A*M*E


So farewell, 2012! To ring in the new year we've pur together a list of acts to watch.  These artists hail from the UK which, despite what the London Olympic closing ceremony might have suggested, is awash with fresh music - merging electropop with k-pop and folk with Sunny Ade. The artists' origins and identities are as varied as their styles, but whether it was them, their parents, or their parents' parents who left Ghana/Somalia/Liberia/Uganda for the UK (think Musa Okwonga's Migrant Manifesto, or Taiye Selasi's Afropolitans) they are all innovating in exciting ways. And though they're not as established as Estelle, Josh Osho, Michael Kiwanuka, Emile Sande or Shingai Shoniwa, we predict big things for them in 2013.

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Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

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